Sunday, May 4, 2014

Undercutting Ourselves

Pensacola area road on April 30, 2014 - photo courtesy of a family friend

We have family in the South where the heavy rains this past week resulted in scenes like this, roads undercut, caving in and massive erosion of supporting soil. Beloved and I have been on this very stretch of road a few times, so this is especially shocking for us to see.

On Sundays I like to blog about spiritual things, "Food for the Soul." This picture reminds me of some scriptural principles, and if you are a student of the Bible, you can probably think of some yourself.

What comes to my mind is how we can, by our own behaviors, undercut what is in our best interests.  Sloppy habits, negligence, lack of personal disciplines, overeating, irresponsible spending ...

Oftentimes we can get away with it and no harm appears to be done. But then a storm in life suddenly hits and we quickly discover that we have no firm foundation to support us during the tide of disaster.  

We all have our areas of weakness, some more than others.  If we are smart, we will examine ourselves often and deeply to see where we need to make necessary changes.  

Admittedly, as in the case of the storm that washed out this road, some disasters are so overwhelming that no amount of preparation is enough, but we do ourselves a service to be diligent with wise living and to know the status of all that concerns us.

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.

Proverbs 27:23-24

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